Woodward, Hulett to manage in World Classic qualifying

NEW YORK (AP) Former big league infielder Chris Woodward will manage New Zealand in qualifying next month for the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Woodward was a coach for New Zealand in its unsuccessful qualifying campaign for the 2013 tournament.

Play takes place from Feb. 11-14 in Sydney, with Australia, South Africa and the Philippines also trying to advance to the 16-nation field.

Tim Hulett, manager of Class A Spokane in the Texas Rangers' organization, will manage the Philippines.

Qualifying also will be held from March 17-20 in Mexicali, Mexico (Czech Republic, Germany, Mexico and Nicaragua) and Panama City, Panama (Colombia, France, Panama and Spain); and from Sept. 22-25 in Brooklyn, New York (Brazil, Britain, Israel and Pakistan).

Qualifiers join Canada, China, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Taiwan, the United States and Venezuela in next year's tournament. The Dominican Republic won the 2013 title.

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